Thursday, June 07, 2018

Who am I, that I should go?

Have you ever asked that question? Who am I that I should go?

Thousands of years ago Moses had a life-changing encounter with God in the desert. God wanted him to go to the Egyptian Pharao and ask for the release of the enslaved Israelites. Moses was hesitant and began to ask some serious questions... What is your name? What can I tell them? Who am I that I should go? You can find the story in the 3rd chapter of Exodus.

In my latest book 'In My Name' I have used this encounter to describe how God's presence and His name are connected.

"The significance of the name Yahweh is that it not only confirms God’s existence but even more so His presence! Before Moses asked God which name he could use, he posed another question: ‘who am I, that I should go?’ Have you ever asked that question? Who am I that You should ask such a thing of me? To go and lay my hands on someone who is sick. To donate money that I have destined for something else. To open my mouth and share the Gospel with my co-worker.

We often do not consider ourselves worthy or equipped to take on the very task God has assigned to us. So it was with Moses. God responded by saying ‘surely I will be with you’, which, at first sight, not really answered the question. However, it turns out to be a very good answer when we realize this encounter was not about Moses, but all about God revealing Himself to Moses!

So often we, like Moses, act like everything that happens and that is being said revolves around us (whether we are capable or ready or whether we are the right person for the job), while in reality everything revolves around God. So, in answer to Moses’ question God confirms His personal, protective and holy presence (verse 12) right before He reveals His name (verses 13-14). That tells me we cannot separate His personal name from His personal presence."

Can you relate to the questions Moses asked?

👉In My Name is available in Kindle format on Amazon for $2.99.

8 comments:

  1. A question that's good to ask because it has a Great Answer! :)

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    1. Yes indeed Sandi... 'Surely I'll be with you!'

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  2. I believe we can all identify with Moses and his questions. I know I have from time to time.

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    1. I surely can Cecelia :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hi Marja, I too feel unworthy. But I also long to be used more by the Lord. Those moments when one feels as though God just used you in something are awesome and humbling. Moses' use was HUGE though. I also love that God uses those who feel least worthy.
    Great post as always
    God bless
    Tracy
    ps: soooooooo looking forward to reading your book!

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    1. Yeah, I wonder what would happen if we would feel worthy... bummer, pride will get in the way.
      I mailed your book last week, so it should get to you soon!

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  4. Marja: I finished reading "In My Name" last night, and I loved it! I will be posting a 5-star review on my blog soon. Thank you for writing it; it's changed the way I think and pray!

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    1. That is good news Jeanette, thanks for your kind words, I am looking forward to your review.

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